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October 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' early-season schedule is one of their toughest in recent history. Now they head on the road for three games, starting Saturday in Dallas before stopping in Chicago and Pittsburgh. All three teams are expected to be NHL heavyweights, although the Stars were 0-1-1 entering Tuesday. The Flyers then face formidable challenges against Detroit, defending champion Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay. "It's a tough little run," winger R.J. Umberger said before the Flyers fell to Anaheim in a shootout Tuesday.
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October 16, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE OPTIMIST rolled out of the Flyers' dressing room last night feeling confident, knowing that his team erased not one but two daunting deficits against a clear-cut Stanley Cup contender before falling in a skills competition. "I think this was our most competitive, for me, of the four ," coach Craig Berube said. "I think for an overall 60 minutes, this was the best one. The result wasn't what we wanted. " The pessimist trudged out of the Wells Fargo Center after last night's 4-3 shootout loss to Anaheim feeling the loneliness of a zero in the win column, knowing the Flyers still have to face six of the last eight Stanley Cup winners to close out October.
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October 16, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Flyers played good hockey against a good team Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, and the best thing they could say afterward was that at least it was not good for nothing. They were still winless after four games and far from pleased with their 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks, but when you're off to a slow start for the second straight season you look for progress any place you can find it. And, after an inexplicable third-period collapse against Montreal over the weekend, this definitely represented movement in a positive direction even if it was also another reminder that the Flyers are in trouble whenever a hockey game is decided by that silly little thing called a shootout.
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October 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe they'll recover, like last season, and become a very good hockey team. But right now, the Flyers are going through a frustrating period and are off to another dismal start. They dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Anaheim on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, slipping to 0-2-2, which gives them the same point total they had at this time last year (1-3). William Karlsson scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout. The Flyers have lost seven straight shootouts, and are a league-worst 27-53 lifetime in the penalty-shot showcase.
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October 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The winless Flyers received mixed medical news Monday: Center Vinny Lecavalier, who injured his left foot Saturday, will miss two weeks. But defenseman Braydon Coburn, sidelined the last two games because of an undisclosed injury, was upgraded to day-to-day. Coburn did not practice Monday in Voorhees, so he is not expected to play Tuesday against visiting Anaheim (2-1). He probably will return Saturday in Dallas, where the Flyers start a three-game road trip. Lecavalier, 34, missed 13 games because of various injuries last season.
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October 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers prospect Samuel Morin was hit in the face with a puck and suffered a broken jaw Sunday during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall confirmed that Morin would have surgery on Monday. The defenseman was playing for Rimouski Oceanic in a 5-2 loss to the host Quebec Remparts. Mikael Lalancette of TVA Sports said that Morin, 19, was hit in the mouth and that there was a lot of blood on the ice. Morin was the Flyers' first-round draft pick (11th overall)
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October 14, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY to bury embarrassing news in the hockey world? Send out a press release at 6:46 p.m. on a Friday, before a long, holiday weekend, that completely skirts the issues at hand. That's what the NHL attempted to do last week, with today being Thanksgiving in Canada, to complete their icky hiring of Chris Pronger in the Department of Player Safety. Conveniently, the press release failed to mention that Pronger is still on the Flyers' roster. Or that he is still owed another $5.15 million from the Flyers, payable through April 2017.
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October 13, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WOE AND 2, with an October schedule that features not a single cupcake, aside from the Devils game that they just blew, the Flyers held a team meeting yesterday. Coach Craig Berube pointed out the highlights and lowlights of the Flyers' stumble out of the gate, but left his team with one parting message: Don't listen to the media. "You guys [media] talk about it, people in general, about bad starts all the time," Berube said. "You can't let it creep into your focus of playing the game.
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October 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
A not-so-funny thing happened to the Flyers as they were coasting to their first win of the season Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. They had a total team meltdown. They fell back on their heels, allowed Montreal to come at them in swarms, and blew a 3-0 lead. And the game. P.A. Parenteau scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Canadiens to a stunning 4-3 win, ending their 10-game losing streak at the Wells Fargo Center, including the playoffs. Montreal improved to 3-0 - with all the wins on the road.
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October 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
An NHL SiriusXM commentator noted the irony of the situation Thursday: Chris Pronger, known as Captain Nasty because of the ultraphysical way he played, was being considered for a job in the league's player-safety department. "It's like O.J. Simpson doing marriage counseling," Jim "Boomer" Gordon told his radio listeners. On Friday, it became official. Pronger, who is technically still on the Flyers roster, was hired by the NHL. "I think it's a good move for the league," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Saturday night.
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